Monday, 8 April 2013

TV Picks: 8-14 April 2013 (Being Human USA, Britain's Got Talent, Mad Men, The Prisoners, The Real Hustle: New Recruits, The Security Men, etc.)

Monday, 8 April 2013

Below are my picks of the week's most notable TV shows, premiering/returning to UK screens...

Chefs: Put Your Menu Where Your Mouth Is (BBC1, 3.45pm) Series 2 of the show where chefs compete to earn the most profit in various British eateries. (1/15)
PICK OF THE DAY The Real Hustle: New Recruits (BBC3, 7pm) Series 10 of the show taking you behind various cons and tricks. Hosted by Alexis Conran, Paul Wilson, Jess Clement, Polly Parsons & Jazz Lintott. (1/10)
The Prisoners (BBC1, 9pm) New documentary series looking at how prisoners are often released and re-offend (1/3)
Fit to Rule: How Royal Illnesses Changed History (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary series on the physical and mental health of British monarchs. Presented by Lucy Worsley. (1/3)
Battle Scarred (Channel 5, 10pm) New series about the 20,000 people who leave the armed forces every year, left to cope with the trauma. (1/4)
Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home (BBC4, 10pm) Documentary on the dangers of a typical Victorian household. Presented by Suzannah Lipscomb.

Big Body Squad (Channel 5, 8pm) Series 2 of the documentary following the support teams helping obese people. (1/6)
PICK OF THE DAY Pop! The Science of Bubbles (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary on bubbles and their relevance to science. Presented by physicist Helen Czerski.
The High Art of the Low Countries (BBC4, 10.50pm) Documentary series exploring the history and art of Britain's so-called Low Counties. Presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon. (1/3)

Victoria Wood's Nice Cup of Tea (BBC1, 9pm) Documentary series about the British love of tea. Concludes tomorrow. (1/2)
24hrs in A&E (Channel 4, 9pm) Series 3 of the fly-on-the-wall documentary in the A&E department of King's College Hospital in south London. (1/20)
The Century That Wrote Itself (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary on the writing of the 17th-century. Presented by Adam Nicolson.
PICK OF THE DAY Mad Men (Sky Atlantic, 10pm) Season 6 of the US drama set in 1960s advertising firm. Starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, John Slattery, Christina Hendricks, Vincent Karthesier & January Jones.

Tomorrow's World: A Horizon Special (BBC2, 9pm)
Trauma Doctors (Channel 5, 9pm) New series following the doctors at Royal London Hospital in the East End of London. (1/4)
PICK OF THE DAY Being Human [USA] (Watch, 9pm) Season 1 of the supernatural drama, remaking the BBC hit. Starring Sam Huntington, Sam Witwer & Meaghan Rath. (1/13)
The Sex Clinic (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary on the patients of busy sexual health clinics in London and Birmingham. (1/3)

Unreported World (Channel 4, 7.30pm) Documentary investigating why so many Cuban sports stars have defected to the USA.
PICK OF THE DAY The Security Men (ITV1, 9pm) Comedy-drama about four security guards on the night shift at a shopping centre. Starring Dean Andrews, Bobby Ball, Brendan O'Carroll, Peter Wight & Ben Ryan Davies. Written by The Royle Family's Caroline Ahearne.
Isaac Newton: The Last Magician (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary on the world-famous physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton, who most famously explained gravity.
8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4, 9pm) Another mash-up special of the late-night panel show and afternoon quiz show.

The Story of Are You Being Served? (BBC2, 5.30pm) Profile of the classic '70s sitcom. Narrated by Alexander Armstrong.
PICK OF THE DAY Britain's Got Talent (ITV, 7pm) Series 7 of the variety talent competition. Judges are Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Amanda Holden & Alesha Dixon. Presented by Ant n' Dec.
Britain's Got More Talent (ITV2, 8.35pm) Sister series to Britain's Got Talent, going behind-the-scenes and interviewing the talent. Hosted by Stephen Mulhern.

PICK OF THE DAY Endeavour (ITV, 8pm) Series 1 of the Inspector Morse prequel set in the 1960s. Starring Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, Anton Lesser & James Bradshaw. (1/4)